Every Dead Thing by John Connolly
Suspense > Mystery
Charlie Parker is a cop on the hunt for the murderer of his wife and child. It is a sprawling, complex, well-written story. I kept reading because I really wanted him to find the man known as The Traveling Man who murdered his wife and young daughter. However, I think this book should have been 100 pages shorter and tighter—it really goes all over the place.
The story begins with Charlie Parker getting in a fight with his wife and going to a bar to drink away his frustrations. When he comes home, he discovers his family gruesomely murdered.
He gets time off to grieve, but naturally instead uses his detective skills to try to find the killer. When he meets dead ends, he takes on cases just for something to keep him busy. He’s not technically a private investigator, but he goes on complex cases anyway.
There are a lot of characters in this book. I was writing them down and still couldn’t always keep track.
The ending is gratifying, but it takes serious reading to get to it.
Thanks to NetGalley for the opportunity to read the first book in the Charlie Parker series.